Haus of Gloi Summer! I had so much fun with this collection – several of the scents were the inverse of my expectations, for better and for worse.
Driftwood Sun bleached driftwood, dry black musk, warm sand, dune grasses and a damp oceanic breeze.
I almost didn’t get this. Driftwood didn’t sound like a note I would like, grasses and oceans sounded nice though, and the other notes didn’t swing me one way or the other. After trying it out, I’m still not sure if I like it or not. It’s warm and makes me think of sandalwoody scents (which I usually dislike). It has a hot summery warmth, not the cozy heavy winter warmth that I associate with wood scents. Even though I had trouble identifying specific notes, the Driftwood fragrance paints the same picture that is laid out by the description. The only information I can add is that the notes appear to be in order from strongest to least noticeable. More so than any other fragrance in the collection, it is well-suited to the heat. It just feels right in this weather.
Sanctum A welcome respite: Muskmelon, coconut water infused with bergamot flower, kaffir lime, polished ho wood and sticky benzoin.
Muskmelon/cantaloupe is something I’ve long resented for taking up valuable space in fruit cups, space that should be saved for good fruits like strawberries, peaches, and blueberries. Despite the disappointment that actual muskmelon causes, it’s completely 100% wonderful delicious as a scent. It smells just like watermelon-flavored candy tastes.
The Briar Path Sun drenched trail leading to a day dream of ripe berries and woods rose, rich forest loam, ozone, dark amber and cream.
Berries and flowers. Er, berry candy and old lady rose perfume. The creamy fragrances from Haus of Gloi’s spring release were mostly baby powder to my nose, so I’m surprised to notice cream in The Briar Path. It ends up settling on floral candies (or candied flowers?). Honestly it’s what I’d imagine if you layered Milkmaid or Honeybelle with Ruth – “creamy white florals” AKA baby powder, plus berry flavored gummi candies.
Zazz When something feels a bit lackluster, dull and boring, it obviously is lacking zazz. To fix this we recommend something definitely zazzy and not overly complicated: Tart cranberry, pink grapefruit, sparkling champagne all shook up with crushed ginger root.
First sniff: Gross! Fresh grapefruit, and also something that reminds me of old people that I couldn’t identify. Imagine the first time you see someone eating half a grapefruit and you try it too, with no sweetener whatsoever and you’re like, “What the shit what kind of monster eats this on purpose? Who would give up the most delicious meal of the day in favor of this nightmare of a fruit?” Tart and tangy, and it reminds you of lemons in that you wish you were eating something as sweet as a lemon instead of this bitter motherfucker. It stayed that way on me for several hours. When I reapplied later in the day, I mostly got ginger, then later some sweetness, like ginger ale, or a ginger beer, and it just kind of was refreshingly, calmingly sweet. I love ginger and have an extremely high tolerance. Other people think, “omg my mouth is burning what is this hell” and I’m all, “oh, yeah, huh, I guess there is a little bit of ginger in that, it tastes sweet.” I’m guessing that’s why my nose skipped over the ginger entirely during the first wear. After looking at the notes, I think the old people note might be cranberry. Not cranberry jelly, or cranberry cocktail. 100% cranberry juice, no sugar added, the kind that you’d drink if you were a little hypochondriac about UTIs. The kind you drink as medicine. Ginger ale, unsweetened grapefruit, and 100% cranberry juice: these are not “zazz” to me. This is the scent of, “I feel like crap but if you tell me this will make me feel less like crap I’ll try it.” In summary: it’s part champagne, and part recovering from a champagne hangover.
Sol The sun at its apex: Dry gingergrass, litsea cubeba, neroli, frankincense tears, saffron infused honey, rosemary and the faint touch of true sweet cinnamon bark.
Sol is warm and spicy. Those words would usually mean “winter scent” to me, but this is clearly summery and I’m not sure why. I don’t know what any of the words in the description smell like, except rosemary, and I don’t really smell it in Sol. Litsea cubeba is an evergreen shrub that produces a fruit which yields a lemony oil. I’m going to assume that the main thing I’m smelling is gingergrass, plus a bit of that lemon-like litsea cubeba. It’s slightly woody and grassy but spicy like ginger with a kick of of limey citrus. It’s a hot summer… dry still heat, not humid; green but not fresh. Instead of fresh earthy green grass it’s a field of grass baking in the summer sun. This is something I’ll wear in cooler months when I miss the summer.
Narcosa A thick haze of tonka and black vanilla, three jasmines, tuberose and ylang ylang.
Upon application this has that same urinal and port-a-potty smell that got from Sixteen92’s Wise Blood. The overlapping note is tuberose, but I have enjoyed other scents with tuberose so don’t think that’s it. I’m more inclined to blame the jasmine. Whatever the case, I’m terribly sorry that I can’t identify any of the scents in this. Either I can’t find it (vanilla) or I don’t know exactly what it is (everything else). This reminds me of a tolerable version of my most disliked scent: Nest’s White Sandalwood – metallic and artificial and blood-like. And of course, none of the notes from White Sandalwood (sandalwood, almond, spices, white musk) appear in Narcosa. After it dries down, it becomes much more pleasant. Whatever scent I dislike fades to the background. The vanilla appears, mingling with somewhat powdery floral notes. It’s an unexpectedly pleasant change.
Beguiled Lemon cake made with the tang of fresh buttermilk and raspberry coulis – an otherwise innocent cake corrupted by cardamom and deceptive pink peppercorns.
Beguiled smelled like a particular lemony dessert until I let my fiance smell my wrist. He quickly identified it as froot loops, and this cannot be unsmellt. It’s lemony froot loops, and that’s that. As the fragrance dries down the vanilla-y buttery cake note gets stronger, but it never stops being Froot Loops. Related: If anyone did a Breakfast Collection, I would buy and wear the shit out of it.
Komodo Mangosteen, Tahitian vanilla bean, dragons blood resin and faded tropical blooms.
Initial sniff is floral in a way that I do not like. Not powdery-floral, or unrinaly-floral. A new-to-me kind of floral. The bit that I dislike fades quickly as it dries, and it becomes a tropical fruity-floral scent. It’s got something I don’t know permeating it, which is most likely “dragons blood resin.” Whatever that permeating scent is, it wears close to the skin. From about a foot away, Komodo is simply a fruity tropical floral that isn’t overly sweet. I can’t detect any vanilla whatsoever.
Haus of Gloi Summer Collection is available while supplies last. No more summer restocks are expected, as Haus of Gloi has moved on to autumn products.